To paraphrase the great R&B vocalists Peaches & Herb, Amazon is hoping this reunion ends up feeling so good for them as The Killing‘s Mireille Enos (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) and Joel Kinnaman (Altered Carbon) are set to join the series adaptation of the 2011 assassin film Hanna.
With newcomer Esme Creed-Miles (Dark River) as lead, the series is directed by Sarah Adina Smith (Legion) from a script adaptation by David Farr (film’s co-writer). NBCUniversal International Studios will serve as the main production studio, with work on the series expected to begin in March in Hungary, Slovakia, Spain and the UK.
“I’m thrilled that Hanna has managed to attract a visionary director and actors of the calibre of Mireille and Joel to play our adult leads. And in Esme Creed-Miles I believe we have discovered a star of the future – she is going to be a very special Hanna. Hanna aims to be both a raw-knuckle ride and a deeply touching family drama. It has the visceral excitement of a genuine conspiracy thriller but also the simple humanity of a rites of passage drama. Hanna is in a very unusual family. She’s a very special teenager. But all teenagers think they’re abnormal. She’s just a little more abnormal than most.” – Farr
Equal parts high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama, Hanna is described as “the journey of an extraordinary young girl, Hanna (Creed-Miles) as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.” Here are the character breakdowns, which give us a better perspective on the direction the series will be taking:
Marissa (Enos) is an efficient and ruthless agent, having risen up the ranks of the CIA. However, beneath her cool exterior is a deeply buried secret that continues to haunt her. The reappearance of Hanna and her father Erik threaten to expose the past she has worked to repress.
Erik (Kinnaman) is a hardened, intuitive and uncompromising soldier and mercenary, who, for the past 15 years, has raised his daughter in the remote forests of northern Poland. Isolated from the world he once knew, he has trained Hanna in every method of survival, with his only goal, to keep her safe. But, his teenage daughter begins to seek freedom from the restricted haven he has created.
Hanna (Creed-Miles) is an extraordinary teenage girl who has lived all her life in a forest in Northern Poland until becoming the heart of an unraveling conspiracy. Hanna feels she must leave the confinement of the forest to experience life, but once in the world, Hanna is hunted by Marissa and others connected to Hanna’s hidden origins and exceptional abilities.
“It is fantastic to bring together David Farr’s masterful storytelling with the exceptional talents of Enos, Kinnaman, Creed-Miles and Smith. We have the ideal team for crafting an intelligent and uniquely entertaining series that deftly combines thriller, teenaged rite of passage story, family drama and action-packed adventure.”
– JoAnn Alfano, EVP, Scripted Programming, NBCUniversal International Studios
Directed by Joe Wright, the 2011 film starred Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) as Hanna; Eric Bana (The Hulk) as Erik; and Cate Blanchett (The Gift) as Marissa; and would go on to earn $63.8M worldwide and $40.3M domestically.